Publix announced Thursday it will distribute COVID-19 vaccinations at its pharmacy in Kingsland and inside 107 other Publix pharmacies across the state of Georgia. But by the time most people heard about it, all available appointments were booked.
Vaccinations are provided by appointment only and are for first responders, health care workers, people age 65 and older and their caregivers, and residents and staff of long-term care facilities. Eligible individuals could make appointments began Friday, using the online reservation system at publix.com/covid-vaccine with vaccinations starting Saturday. The site says all appointments for all locations are fully booked and there was no information about when additional appointments would open.
At this point, the Kingsland store is the only Publix in Southeast Georgia that is participating.
“At Publix, we know how important it is to be there, especially in times of need,” Publix CEO Todd Jones said in a release. “We are grateful for the opportunity to provide this critical service to the Georgia community.”
Vaccinations are provided to eligible individuals by appointment only while supplies last and at no cost to the individual. Customers with health insurance will need to bring their insurance card to their scheduled appointment. Medicare members should bring their red, white and blue Medicare Part B card. Customers without health insurance will need to provide their driver’s license or Social Security number.
According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, 329,506 vaccinations have been given in the state as of Friday morning.
The GDPH has set up an online locator for where vaccines are available. Each county’s health department is handling appointments, but have put the process on hold until more supply is available.
In Glynn County, two private providers are listed. One of those, Partners in Health, told News4Jax they only have enough for current patients over the next three weeks and have a waiting list beyond that.
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